Australia’s largest pink diamond

12 July, 2012

a pink diamond on a reflective surface
Australia's largest pink diamond
Source: Rio Tinto

The Argyle Pink Jubilee – Australia’s largest pink diamond –  has today been donated by Rio Tinto to Melbourne Museum, home to the nation’s most comprehensive natural science display.

"As the largest pink diamond found in Australia, this is an important and spectacular piece of Australia's mining history. We are very appreciative of Rio Tinto for donating the diamond, and are excited to be able to share its story at Melbourne Museum," said Mr Tim Hart, Acting CEO, Museum Victoria.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Museum Victoria to have a permanent record of an important piece of Australian mining history."

The Argyle Pink Jubilee will go on display in the Dynamic Earth exhibition, a favourite of visitors to Melbourne Museum due to its use of cutting-edge technology and its awe-inspiring displays featuring more than 3,000 precious minerals and gems from the Museum collection.

"There is a long tradition of Rio Tinto gifting important mineral collections to Museum Victoria," said David Peever, Managing director of Rio Tinto Australia.

"We are delighted to partner with Museum Victoria to showcase this special diamond and its mysterious geology. We hope it will be enjoyed by many generations to come."

Pink diamonds comprise less than 0.03% of global diamond production and Rio Tinto's Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia produces virtually the entire supply of the world's rare pink diamonds.

The Argyle Pink Jubilee was unearthed in August 2011 and whilst originally destined for the prestigious Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, the diamond was only capable of being partially cut and polished, resulting in the 8.01 carat pink gem.

Visitors to Melbourne Museum will be able to see the precious pink diamond on display in Dynamic Earth exhibition from today.